Cricket

Ford steps down as Sri Lanka coach

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Graham Ford is stepping down as head coach of Sri Lanka's cricket team, ending his second spell in charge after 18 months.

Sri Lanka Cricket made the announcement on Saturday.

The 56-year-old South African's biggest achievement was guiding the Sri Lankans to a test series victory over Australia in August 2016.

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South Africa win thriller against England, tie up T20 series

TAUNTON, England (AP) South Africa kept its nerve at the death to beat England by three runs in the second Twenty20 on Friday and take the series to a decider.

Andile Phehlukwayo bowled a dot ball last delivery of the game, with England needing four to win, to see South Africa squeeze home in a thriller. (MORE)

3 changes to New Zealand Cricket contracts list

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Batsmen Jeet Raval and Neil Broom and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme have been included for the first time on New Zealand Cricket's list of contracted players for the 2017-2018 season.

Fast bowler Doug Bracewell, off-spinner Mark Craig and recently-retired wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi are omitted after being included on the previous list. Veteran off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who was not contracted last season, has also announced his retirement from international cricket. (MORE)

Afghanistan, Ireland awarded test status in cricket

(AP) -- The rise of Afghanistan and Ireland in the ranks of international cricket gathered pace on Thursday when they were voted in as full ICC members, meaning they can play test matches against the world's elite countries.

By becoming the first countries to receive test status since Bangladesh in 2000, they took the number of test-playing nations to 12. (MORE)

Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi retires from international cricket

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi, who played limited overs cricket for New Zealand and Australia, has announced his retirement from the international game aged 36.

Ronchi was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, breaking into international cricket as a stand-in for Brad Haddin on Australia's tour to the West Indies in 2008, where he played four one-day internationals and one Twenty20. (MORE)

England strolls to 9-wicket win over South Africa in 1st T20

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England was on top from the first ball in a resounding nine-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday to open their three-match Twenty20 series.

David Willey removed JJ Smuts first ball of the game, Mark Wood dismissed Reeza Hendricks first ball of the second over, and England made light work of South Africa's 142-3. (MORE)

England beats South Africa by 9 wickets in 1st T20

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) England beat South Africa by nine wickets in the first Twenty20 at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

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South Africa wins toss, bats in 1st T20 vs. England

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) South Africa stand-in captain AB de Villiers decided to bat first in the opening Twenty20 international against England on Wednesday as the teams reconvened for the second part of the Proteas' tour following Champions Trophy disappointment for both countries.

South Africa selected four players that weren't in the squad for the one-day international series won by England ahead of the Champions Trophy: Batsmen JJ Smuts and Reeza Hendricks, wicketkeeper Mangaliso Mosehle, and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who will make his T20 debut. (MORE)

Kumble leaves as India cricket coach amid rift with Kohli

(AP) -- Anil Kumble rejected an offer to continue as India cricket coach and stepped down on Tuesday after a year in charge, blaming a breakdown in his relationship with captain Virat Kohli for his exit.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it wanted Kumble to remain as coach despite the team's heavy loss to archrival Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, but that the former spinner "has decided not to continue." (MORE)

Trophy-winning Pak cricketers warmly welcomed home

ISLAMABAD (AP) Even after the special convoy escorting Sarfraz Ahmed from the airport got within sight of his Karachi home in the early hours of the morning, it took the Pakistan captain nearly a half-hour to get from the vehicle to his house as a throng of adoring cricket fans clamored for photographs.

Fans decorated the street and waited through the night to welcome their hero, with some carrying children on their shoulders to get a glimpse of the man who led Pakistan to an unlikely win in the Champions Trophy in London. (MORE)